Scientists at The Ohio State University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands were concerned about the possibility of the porcine deltacoronavirus infecting humans in the future. Their laboratory experiment showed that the virus could jump to human cells.
Public Health May 15, 2018
Where will the next Ebola strike? These new maps reveal the global hotspots of animal hosts that can spread infectious diseases to humans.
Animals June 15, 2016
Health officials in Thailand have confirmed the second MERS case in the country. The patient is now being quarantined.
Life January 24, 2016
Scientists and public health experts convened in Geneva to identify diseases that pose threats to humanity. Research on these dangerous pathogens is crucial before another outbreak occurs.
Life December 27, 2015
Animals, today. Humans, tomorrow! Researchers successfully developed a vaccine that protected animals against the MERS virus, taking a step closer towards preventing the disease.
Life August 21, 2015
Saudi Arabia is experiencing a spike in MERS cases, raising concerns for public health. In just one medical facility, at least 46 infections have been reported.
Life August 20, 2015
More research should be devoted to diseases that can move from wildlife to livestock to humans, researchers say. Diseases such as Ebola, HIV, SARS and MERS all began as viruses in animals, they point out.
July 21, 2015
The health ministry of South Korea announced that the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, which served as the center for the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, will resume its normal operations on Monday following a significant decline in new cases of infection.
Life July 17, 2015
The second case of MERS in the Philippines had been confirmed by the country's health authorities. The patient is currently admitted for quarantine and contact tracing had been started.
Life July 6, 2015
Malaysia and Thailand are stepping up screening efforts to safeguard their populations against MERS. South Korea reported two additional deaths and three new infections.
Life June 22, 2015
Is the Kumdang-2 vaccine the answer to AIDS, Ebola, MERS, cancer and other diseases? That is the claim of North Korea.
Life June 20, 2015
The MERS virus has found its way to Thailand, according to health officials in the country. The Thai are now on high alert to prevent the further spread of disease.
Life June 19, 2015
Two hospitals in South Korea are conducting experimental blood plasma treatments on individuals infected with MERS. The treatment was previously used in SARS patients, leading to a reduction in the death rate.
Life June 16, 2015
South Korea has reported another seven new cases of MERS in the country. Three of these patients contracted the disease from one of the country's largest hospitals.
Life June 14, 2015
Since South Korea's first diagnosis of MERS on May 20, 138 people in the country have already been infected with the virus. Thousands are also in quarantine either at home or in medical facilities.
Life June 13, 2015
WHO has urged against consuming camel urine, milk and meat that has not been properly cooked, in a bid to curb the spread of the MERS. It is believed that the virus originated from animals before they were transmitted to humans.
Life June 11, 2015
South Korea confirms fifth death as battle to contain MERS outbreak continues. Officials have asked the public to calm, saying the outbreak is "controllable."
Life June 8, 2015
South Korea is in the throes of MERS but apparently its officials have time to squabble. Government and city leaders in dissonance is adding to the country’s stresses.
Life June 5, 2015
In an effort to prevent the further spread of the MERS virus, hundreds of schools from kindergarten to college are now closed in South Korea. The virus has already infected 35 people and killed two in the country.
Life June 4, 2015
WHO said that there is possibility that the MERS outbreak in South Korea could get worse. The outbreak has already infected 25 and killed two people.
Life June 3, 2015
South Korea is having a public health nightmare as MERS has been confirmed in the country. However, the virus is also a big problem for tourism as travel plans are being abandoned to avoid it.
Life June 2, 2015
South Korea moved to quarantine hundreds in an effort to curb the further spread of the MERS virus in the country after confirming 18 cases of the disease.
Life June 1, 2015
There are now seven confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome infection in South Korea, according to health officials, after two new patients were diagnosed with the fatal disease Thursday. A third potential patient had reportedly skipped his voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China.
Life May 28, 2015
MERS is in South Korea! Health officials have confirmed a man has been infected by the virus after traveling to the Middle East in April.
Life May 20, 2015
Scientists have found that the transmission of MERS from person-to-person is not as dangerous as people thought. In a recent study, they found a 4 percent transmission rate in MERS.
Life August 28, 2014
Finding of deadly MERS virus in infected barn suggests disease might spread through the air. If true, disease might spread to humans more easily, researchers say.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 23, 2014
International research team identifies compounds that could lead to treatment for deadly coronaviruses such as MERS and SARS. Compound shows ability to keep the virus from reproducing in the human body.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 30, 2014
Two suspected cases of MERS virus, one in U.S. and one in India, turned out to be misdiagnosed. Blood tests clear Illinois man, show no transmissions of Middle East virus have occurred in the United States.
Life May 29, 2014
Virus spreading from the Middle East has authorities around the world concerned. The MERS virus has claimed around 175 victims so far.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 28, 2014
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome lately appeared in the United States for the first time. Now, two more cases of the deadly virus have been diagnosed in Florida.
Life May 13, 2014
Saudi Arabia has reported a total number of 449 MERS infection to date. 121 patients have died from the disease and the country's health officials are now more proactive in protecting the health of the people.
Life May 8, 2014
Middle East Respiratory Virus, which kills one-third of people identified with the disease, has just reached the United States. Here is what you need to know.
Life May 6, 2014
Egypt faces its first possible MERS death. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia grapples with 15 new cases and steps up efforts to prevent further casualties.
Life May 5, 2014
Fears of MERS have worsened now that health officials have confirmed that the deadly viral disease is already in the U.S. Hospital and CDC officials, however, said that risks of widespread transmission is minimal and the disease does not spread easily.
Life May 5, 2014
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) kills one-third of diagnosed victims, and is becoming more common in Saudi Arabia. Now, the disease has spread to Egypt. What is MERS?
Life April 29, 2014
Saudi Arabia's Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia said that travel restriction is not yet necessary despite the spike in the number of MERS cases.
Life April 21, 2014